Familiar Garden Flowers by Shirley Hibberd, illustrated by Francis Edward Hulme, pub. 1879-1887
Collectable five volume set containing 200 Victorian colour plates of garden flowers by Francis Edward Hulme, attractively bound in contemporary half morocco leather.
Hibberd (Shirley). Familiar Garden Flowers, 5 vols, 1st editions, London: Cassell, [1879-1887]
200 chromolithographic plates with tissue guards, wood engraved illustrations to the text, page edges stained red, bound in contemporary black half morocco leather over marbled boards, the spines gilt decorated and with red leather labels, octavo (19.2 x 13.7 cm)
Condition: Internally excellent with just a few scattered brown spots, the bindings slightly rubbed and with a few scuffs but overall a very good set.
Shirley Hibberd (1825-1890) was the son of a retired sea captain who served under Nelson. He initially worked for several years as a bookseller but later became an influential writer of horticultural books for the burgeoning middle class, reflecting the fashion for more ornamental gardens at the time.